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Rohit Chandwani, M.D. Ph.D.

Complex General Surgical Oncology

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medicine and a board-certified surgical oncologist. I also am the Principal Investigator of a basic science laboratory studying the epigenetics of pancreatic and liver cancer.

In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, and pathologists, I combine a multimodality approach and my scientific understanding of cancer to deliver expert, compassionate, and individualized patient care. My clinical focus is the care of patients with pancreatic cancer and other pancreatic diseases, as well as those with metastatic colorectal cancer and liver cancer. 

Biographical Info

Rohit Chandwani, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medicine. A board-certified surgical oncologist, Dr. Chandwani is a surgeon in the Section of Liver Transplantation & Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery with a specific clinical focus in pancreatic cancer and metastatic colorectal cancer. He also has significant clinical expertise in the care of patients with pancreatic cysts, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, and intrahepatic and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

Dr. Chandwani received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 2001 and earned his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine in 2005. He then trained in General Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center and in Complex General Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he served as Chief Fellow for the Department of Surgery.

A surgeon-scientist, Dr. Chandwani is also the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Cancer Epigenetics at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he studies the epigenetic dysregulation of pancreatic cancer. Prior to his research at Cornell, Dr. Chandwani earned his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Alexander Tarakhovsky and was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Steven D. Leach in the David M. Rubinstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has been the recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for his ongoing research program into the epigenetic targeting of cancer. More information about his research can be found at

Honors and Awards

New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of all New York physicians 

Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Surgery (Complex General Surgical Oncology)
Clinical Expertise
Bile Duct Cancer
Bile Duct Injury
Review of Cancer Care
Gallbladder Cancer
Gallbladder Surgery
Hepatobiliary Cancer
Hepatobiliary Pancreas Disease
Hepato-Biliary Surgery
Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic Surgery
Liver Cancer
Liver Resection
Liver Resection Surgery
Metastatic Cancer to Liver
Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Minimal Access Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Neuroendocrine Tumor of Pancreas
Pancreas and Biliary Tract Surgery
Pancreas Cancer
Pancreas Cyst
Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic Cyst
Pancreatic Disease
Primary Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor
Pancreatic Surgery
Pancreatic Tumor
Whipple Procedure
  • Ph.D.
    The Rockefeller University
  • M.D.
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • A.B.
    Harvard University
  • Assistant Attending Surgeon
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Mildred L. and John F. Rasweiler Research Scholar Award in Cancer Research
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Managing Complex Liver and Pancreas Cancer Care | Weill Cornell Medicine

Pancreatic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medicine

Pancreatic Cancer - Weill Cornell Medicine

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